Many a history of humans have been told, but today let me offer you an extremely brief yet crucial narrative of our species from an ecological perspective.
It is a living history, and hopefully will still be a living history for generations to come, depending on the choices you and I make today.
This is the story about remarkable ecological and geological processes unfolding over billions of years that gave us both a breathable atmosphere and a massive stock of fossil fuel.
This is the story of how stored energy has catapulted our civilization into multiplicity and prosperity, but at the time threatens our own survival. …
What is sustainability? And why do we need it?
These questions are the most basic, yet rarely discussed in traditional textbooks. So let’s explore them with a simple thought experiment.
One hundred foxes and one hundred rabbits live on an island. The foxes eat the rabbits. Can the lives of both species be sustainable?
You don’t need to be a scientist to figure out that if the foxes eat the rabbits too quickly, more quickly than they can reproduce themselves, then we have a problem. The rabbits will become extinct, and then the foxes will have nothing to eat and will also become extinct. …
We are living in an extraordinary time. The planet and our future livelihood are at risk. In California where I live, 9 out of the top 10 largest wild fires in recorded history have all occurred in the last 20 years. And things could get much worse. As a father of two I cannot help but hearing for myself the most distressed call for urgent action. But to do what?
Life is hard enough. As parents we are already stressed out enough making ends meet as well as making dinners. Heck, with two young children, there is barely enough time for me to even shower. …